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Plantar Fasciitis

    Think you have heard all that you need to hear about heel pain? Well we are here to tell you that you probably haven't!  Plantar fasciitis occurs when the fascia, extending from the inner part, and back, of the bottom the heel to the toes, becomes inflamed. This inflammation occurs when there is a strain on the fascia. This can occur due to sports, or from standing for prolonged periods of time in inadequate footwear, or even from your underlying foot shape. For example, a person with a flat foot is more likely to develop plantar fasciitis.

Signs and Symptoms

    If you know anything about plantar fasciitis, you know that the most common symptom experienced is morning pain.  This is because as you sleep your fascia becomes tight, and as you first wake up and step on the ground, this rapidly forces the fascia into a stretched position, which is what causes the pain.

Treatment

 There are so many treatment options for plantar fasciitis! We will go through them briefly: 

1. Rest-Ice-Compression-Elevation: Good old fashioned RICE. Its on the list because it works.

2. Stretches: Specific stretches for the fascia can really help lengthen it and reduce pressure. Click here for more info!

3. Low Level Laser Therapy: Stimulates production ATP (energy) in the body which can help to reduce inflammation and stimulate healing.

4. Orthotics: Provide long-term relief for the underlying biomechanical problems causing the plantar fasciitis.

5. Ultrasound: Therapeutic modality for increasing bloodflow to an area, enhancing wound healing and reducing inflammation.

6. Corticosteroid injections: Help to provide temporary relief from pain caused by plantar fasciitis

7. Footwear: Sometimes new shoes, with adequate cushioning and support are all that is needed to support plantar fasciitis.

8. Taping: Taping the foot with sports tape in a specific manner by an expert can assist with pain relief temporarily and help to promote healing.

As you can see there are many, many options when it comes to your plantar fasciitis. Call today to book an appointment to learn more about how we can help. Also, you can click here to order our free booklet on the subject and learn more about heel pain!

Happy Monday! 


    If you are amongst one of the many Canadians that currently have Diabetes, then you have probably been informed by your doctor at least once about the importance of a diabetic foot screening, and of keeping the skin on your feet intact. We’re going to go through it again today, from the perspective of a chiropodist!

Diabetes and the foot

Diabetics are considered more at risk than the rest of the population for the development of ulcerations and lesions on the bottoms of their feet. The reason for this is complex, but it seems to be due to the fact that Diabetics experience a greater incidence of cardiovascular and neurological deficit than the rest of the population.  To be more specific, neuropathy, or reduced sensation in the toes and the feet is very common amongst Diabetics, particularly those who have long-standing or poorly controlled Diabetes. Further, Diabetics tend to have problems with circulation, and blood flow to the feet.  These two factors mean that firstly, a diabetic with neuropathy may not feel something impinging on their foot, which could lead to the development of what could have been an avoidable wound and second, if they do acquire some sort of lesion on their foot, reduced blood flow impairs healing of that lesion.  This is a dangerous combination,  because open wounds are at risk for becoming infected, and infected wounds are at risk for becoming necrotic, and necrotic wounds put the foot at risk for amputation. Unfortunately, once a person has an amputation, the likelihood that they will have another amputation within five years is very high.

Why see a Foot Specialist

 As a diabetic, we can help you stage your foot and determine where you are at in terms of foot health. There are several “foot stages” we refer to, and chances are your Diabetic foot will fit into one of them. The stages are as follows:

  1. Normal foot: The foot appears healthy with skin intact, and no risk factors for developing ulceration.
  2. High Risk Foot: The foot displays some of the risk factors which make the patient at risk for ulceration, such as callous, neuropathy, reduced blood flow, deformity.
  3. Ulcerated Foot: An ulcer is present on the foot; immediate intervention required.
  4. Infected Foot: An ulcer is present and infected; immediate intervention required.
  5. Necrotic Foot: An ulcer has become infected and/or necrotic; a medical emergency.
  6. Unsalvageable Foot: The foot needs to be amputated.

The good news is that the above stages are not static. That is, if you have an ulcer and it closes, your foot will revert back to stage two.  The only way to have your foot appropriately and accurately staged is to come in for a foot screening. This will establish a starting point and enable us to make a foot management plan that is right for you!

If you are interested in a foot screening, give us a call at 519-624-4122!




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Chiropodist - Cambridge, Douglas C. Broad, D.Ch, 366 Hespeler Road, Cambridge Ontario, N1R 6J6 519-624-4122